How to Prevent a Drowsy Driving Accident
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Sep 08, 2015 in Car Accidents
If youre tired, there is the possibility that you could fall asleep at any time even if it is just for a moment. This is often referred to as micro sleep. Drivers and passengers should heed the warning signs of fatigued driving to prevent being involved in a drowsy driving accident.
Some common signs of fatigued driving include:
- Drowsiness and nodding off
- Missing exits
- Loss of concentration
- Lane drifting
- Trouble remembering the last few miles driven
- Slowed response to road hazards
Drivers should also be aware of their own fatigue by noting if they are consuming too much caffeine in order to stay awake. Coffee, energy drinks, and over-the-counter energy tablets may only be masking the tiredness they feel.
Preventing Fatigued Driving
Drowsy driving accidents are completely preventable, so long as drivers become educated about the signs of fatigue and how to best prevent being too tired while behind the wheel.
Some common ways to avoid drowsy driving include:
- Begin your trip when you are well rested
- If possible, avoid nighttime driving
- Drive defensively
- Avoid foods that may cause a sugar rush as it could eventually lead to an energy crash
- Schedule driving breaks
- Drive with a passenger if possible
- Never consume alcohol before driving
According to a 2013 survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1 in 24 drivers admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel in the past month.
Needless to say, fatigued driving is a problem that affects a persons ability to make decisions and react in a timely manner to challenging situations that they may face behind the wheel.
If you have been injured in a car crash caused by a drowsy driver, contact the experienced attorneys at Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C. We will thoroughly investigate your claim and build a strong case in your favor.